Wisconsin Dems Spend Over $100k On Ad Demanding Sen. Ron Johnson Resign After Capitol Breach

The Wisconsin Democratic Party spent over $100,000 on a new attack ad against Senator Ron Johnson, demanding his resignation following the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol building.

While speaking to the New York Times, Ben Wikler, the Wisconsin Democratic chairman said that the party spent more than $100,000 to air the ad across five TV markets in Wisconsin and Washington D.C. Wilker told the Times that the ad will begin airing on Wednesday and will run through President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week.

Newsweek reached out to the Wisconsin Democratic Party for comment.

The 30-second ad, which was posted on YouTube and Twitter begins by showing the chaotic scenes captured during the Capitol riots, when supporters of President Donald Trump breached the building in protest of Congress certifying electoral votes.

"A violent mob attacks the Capitol, incited by power-hungry politicians like Ron Johnson," a narrator can be heard saying in the ad.

The narrator then brings up a recent editorial published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's editorial board which called Johnson "a leading member of the Senate's Sedition Caucus," which includes several other senators who "threatened to challenge the counting of Electoral College votes even though there was no evidence of fraud." The editorial also called for Johnson to resign.

"Ron Johnson, unfit to serve," the narrator says as the video concludes.

In a statement sent to The Hill, Wikler said, "Wisconsinites deserve to know the truth about Ron Johnson — that he fueled the fire of a violent insurrection that left five people dead."

"Ron Johnson helped create this disaster, and now it's time he take accountability and step down," the statement added.

Senator Ron Johnson
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on December 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. U.S. Pool/Getty

The newly released ad comes a week after the riots at the Capitol, which many believe were incited by repeated claims by Trump and his allies, including Johnson, of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

"The fact of the matter is that we have a(n) unsustainable state of affairs in this country where we have tens of millions of people that do not view this election result as legitimate," Johnson said during an interview with NBC's Meet the Press on January 3.

The ad released on Wednesday is the first of the 2022 campaign cycle, the year where Johnson may seek a third term.

Johnson previously announced that he would retire after the end of his second term, but during an interview with the Times on October 30, he suggested that he may seek a third term in 2022, saying that "Things have changed."

In addition to releasing the ad calling for his resignation, while speaking with the Times on Wednesday, Wikler said that "Johnson shouldn't wait 21 months to lose an election, he should resign now."

"Wisconsinites should never forget the image of marauding violent mob smashing its way into the United States Capitol to overturn the results of the election. That moment will be a stain on Ron Johnson's career for the rest of his life," Wikler told the Times.

Newsweek reached out to Johnson's office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.